Events


 Workshops/Meetings

ROCB AP collaborate with WWF UNEP INCB at RILO AP Seminar 
11 November 2021, online organized by RILO A/P

At the invitation of RILO A/P, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P attended the Regional Seminar in Asia and the Pacific at 11 November 2021 which is collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) and International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) hosted and organized by RILO AP.


Virtual WCO Asia/ Pacific Regional Workshop on the HS 2022 implementation 
9 -11 Nov 2021, organized by WCO, Japan Customs and ROCB A/P

A Regional Workshop on the HS 2022 implementation for Asia/ Pacific members was held virtually on 9 – 11 Nov 2021. The Workshop was funded by CCF/ Japan and co-organized by WCO, Japan Customs and ROCB A/P. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P hosted the Workshop and Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms. Sherman Yu also attended to provide support.


31st Regional Contact Point (RCP) Meeting 
2 -3 Nov 2021, Online Meeting Hosted by Vice Chair

The 31st Regional Contact Point (RCP) Meeting was organized and hosted online by Vice Chair on 2 – 3 Nov 2021. Over 60 participants from Asia Pacific members, WCO Secretariat, Vice Chair, RILO A/P and ROCB A/P attended the meeting.


ROCB A/P join the discussion on Customs Policy Connectivity 
1 – 5 November 2021, online hosted by GACC

At the invitation, Ms. Grace Ye, Program Manager of ROCB A/P joined the Online Seminar on Customs Policy Connectivity organized and hosted by General Administration of China Customs (GACC) on 1 – 5 November 2021.


19th Regional Training Center (RTC) Heads Meeting 
27 – 28 October 2021, Online Meeting Hosted by ROCB A/P

The 19th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center was organized and hosted online by ROCB A/P on 27 – 28 Oct 2021. Over 50 participants from RTCs, WCO Secretariat, Vice Chair Secretariat, RILO A/P and ROCB A/P attended the meeting.


ROCB AP join the WCO COVID-19 Project for Pacific 
19 - 22 October 2021, Online Sub-regional workshop hosted by WCO

The WCO Virtual Sub-regional workshop for the Consultation and Development of Standard Operating Procedures on Disaster Management and Supply Chain Continuity in the time of COVID-19 for the Pacific Islands was held from 18 to 22 October 2021 in collaboration with the Oceania Customs Organization under the sponsorship of the government of Japan. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P attended the Workshop.


Pacific Members discussed their key issues, challenges and training needs related to HS Classification 
18 – 22 October 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The first WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Working Group Activity for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) on HS Classification for the Pacific Islands was held online from 18 to 22 October 2021.


Pacific Islands’ Members took a big step towards being Master Trainers 
27 September – 1 October 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The first WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Working Group Activity for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) on Customs Valuation for the Pacific Islands was held online from 27 September to 1 October 2021.


ROCB A/P joined International Canine Seminar on Drug Anti-smuggling by Russian Customs 
22 - 23 Sept 2021, Moscow, Russia by online

At the invitation of the Dog Training Centre of the Federal Customs Service (FCS) in Russia, Mr. Ilkwon HAN, Program Manager of ROCB A/P participated the International Canine Seminar on Drug Anti-smuggling held virtually on 22 - 23 September 2021 with simultaneous translation service.


ROCB A/P collaborates Intelligence Experts of Asia and the Pacific 
7 - 8 Sept 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P participated 32nd Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P NCP Meeting) held virtually on 7 - 8 September 2021. Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms. Sherman Yu also joined the meeting to provide support.


Customs Administrations in the Pacific Islands have been committed to supporting the Master Trainer Programme 
6 September 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Launching Ceremony for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) for the Pacific Islands was held online on 6 September 2021. The Ceremony was organized by the WCO, JICA and ROCB A/P.


The ROCB A/P discussed future collaboration with RILO AP 
25 August 2021, Online Meeting hosted by ROCB A/P

On 25 August 2021, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and the staff of ROCB A/P met online with Mr. Tae-Soo YOO, Head of RILO A/P and his colleagues to discuss future collaboration as the WCO regional body in AP region, moderated by Mr. Ilkwon HAN, program manager of ROCB AP.


ROCB A/P and A/P Vice-Chair confirm its close cooperation in this FY 
23 Aug 2021 online

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, organized a meeting with WCO Asia Pacific Vice Chair (VC) Secretariat to discuss key events in AP region as well as to exchange of views about capacities building activities in this financial year. Mr. IIkwon HAN & Ms. Sherman YU, Program Managers, and Ms. Pavida BOONMUN, Assistant Program Manager also joined the meeting.


The WCO National Workshop on combating counterfeiting and piracy for Sri Lanka Customs Administration 
4-6 August 2021, Online Workshop hosted by WCO

The WCO National Workshop on combating counterfeiting and piracy for Sri Lanka Customs Administration was held on 4 to 6 August 2021.


The ROCB A/P discussed future collaboration with World Wild Fund for Nature 
6 August 2021, Online Meeting hosted by ROCB A/P

On 6 August 2021, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Program Managers of ROCB A/P met online with the representatives of regional offices of the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) to discuss future collaboration with them.


Dr. Mikuriya Secretary General promote SIEs Initiative with UN Ambassadors 
29 June 2021, Bangkok Thailand by online

At the invitation of Fiji's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), HE Mr. Satyendra Prasad, leading the UN Pacific Group, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General have the briefing meeting of WCO Small Island Economies (SIEs) Initiative with 16 Ambassadors and Representatives to the UN of Small Island States from the Pacific region and Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P attend the meeting held on 28 June 2021.


ROCB A/P attended the bilateral meeting with US-ASEAN Business Council 
22 June 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the of US-ASEAN Business Council, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P participated a bilateral meeting held virtually on 22 June 2021. Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms Sherman Yu also joined the meeting to provide support.


ROCB A/P attended the 10th ASEAN World Customs Organization (WCO) Consultation at the 13th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors- General of Customs 
10 June 2021, online, Bangkok Thailand

At the invitation of the ASEAN Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P attended the 10th ASEAN – World Customs Organization (WCO) Consultation at the 13th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors- General of Customs virtually held on 10 June 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Sherman YU, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P also attended.


The WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Virtual Workshop on Canines 
8-10 June 2021, Online workshop hosted by ROCB AP

The WCO Asia/Pacific regional Virtual Workshop on Canines was held from 8 June to 10 June 2021. The Workshop was hosted by the ROCB A/P in close cooperation with the WCO under the sponsorship of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea).


ROCB A/P promotes WCO Instruments on Disaster Relief at the ASEAN Logistics EXPO 
24 May 2021, Online, Bangkok

At the invitation of the Humanitarian and Emergency Logistics Innovation Expo (HELIX), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P delivered the presentation about WCO instruments on disaster relief on behalf of the WCO.


WCO Free Zone Virtual Workshop for Asia/Pacific Region 
26-28 April 2021, Online Workshop

The WCO Free Zone Virtual Workshop for Asia/Pacific Region was held from 26 to 28 April 2021. The Workshop was organized by WCO under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China) and hosted by ROCB A/P.


The WCO Asia-Pacific Regional Online Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 
19-21 April 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO Asia-Pacific Regional Online Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) was held 19 to 21 April 2021. The Workshop was organized by the WCO under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P attends the WCO A/P 22nd Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference 
6-7 April 2021, Online

The WCO A/P 22nd Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference (RHCA) was held online from 6 to 7 April organized by the Customs and Excise of the Republic of Indonesia as Vice Chair.


The WCO Regional Virtual Workshop on Data Analytics for AP 
30 March – 1 April 2021, Online workshop hosted by ROCB AP

The WCO regional Virtual Workshop on Data Analytics for AP region was held from 30 March to 1 April 2021. The Workshop was hosted by the ROCB A/P in close cooperation with the WCO under the sponsorship of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea).


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Online Experience-Sharing Workshop on Disruptive Technologies 
22-24 March 2021, Online Workshop

The WCO Asia/Pacific (AP) Regional Online Experience-Sharing Workshop on Disruptive Technologies was held from 22 to 24 March 2021. The Workshop was organized by WCO under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China).


ROCB A/P celebrate opening new building of Thai Customs Academy 
16 March 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Director-General of Thai Customs Department, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the Opening Ceremony of New Building of Customs Academy.


ROCB A/P attends the Maritime Stakeholder Meeting “Countering wildlife trafficking and other illicit trade through Thai seaports and maritime supply chains” 
9-10 March 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Royal Thai Customs, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head, and Ms. Yuko Mamiya, Program Manager of ROCB A/P attended the Maritime Stakeholder Meeting “Countering wildlife trafficking and other illicit trade through Thai seaports and maritime supply chains” held from 9 to 10 March 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P joined the 12th Capacity Building Committee 
22 - 24 February 2021

The 12th Capacity Building Committee (CBC) was held on 22 to 24 February 2021 in a virtual manner. Approximately 300 delegates from Member administrations including other international organizations participated. From ROCB A/P, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head, Ms. Yuko Mamiya, Program Manager, Ms. Pavida Boonmun, Assistant Program Manager and Ms. Vareemon Chairungsrilert, Program Coordinator also attended.


16th Global Meeting of the WCO Regional Structures 
18-19 February 2021

Given consideration to the severe adverse impact of COVID-19 in the world, the 16th Global Meeting of the WCO Regional Structures was convened virtually on 18-19 February 2021, based at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.


The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Master Trainer Programme (MTP) Preparatory Meeting for the Pacific Islands 
26 January 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Master Trainer Programme (MTP) Preparatory Meeting for the Pacific Islands was held on 26 January 2021 by online. The Meeting was organized by the WCO, JICA and ROCB A/P.


WCO First Online Regional Workshop on E-Commerce for the Asia-Pacific Region 
12-15 January 2021, Online Workshop hosted by WCO

The first WCO Online Workshop on E-Commerce for the Asia-Pacific Region was held from 12 to 15 January 2021. The Workshop was organized by WCO under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China).


ROCB A/P attends WCO Global Free Zone Online Conference 
14 December 2020

The first WCO Global Free Zone Online Conference was convened virtually on 14 December 2020 at the WCO Headquarters with support of the Government of Japan.


ROCB A/P appreciate for the Host Administration 
Bangkok Thailand, 9 December 2020

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P conveyed his deepest appreciation to Thai Customs Department as the host administration of ROCB A/P since it established in 2004 for their long standing and generous supports to ROCB A/P and its capacity building activity for Asia Pacific Members at the collaboration learning event which is named Thank Thai Workshop on 9 December 2020.


The WCO Virtual Regional Workshop on Organizational Performance Measurement for the Asia-Pacific region 
01-04 December 2020, Online Workshop hosted by WCO

The WCO Virtual Regional Workshop on Organizational Performance Measurement for the Asia-Pacific region was held 1 to 4 December 2020.


The WCO Virtual Regional Workshop on Disaster Management and Supply Chain Continuity in time of COVID-19 for the Asia-Pacific region 
30 November-03 December 2020, Online Workshop hosted by WCO

The WCO Virtual Regional Workshop on Disaster Management and Supply Chain Continuity in time of COVID-19 for the Asia-Pacific region was held from 30 November to 3 December 2020.


ROCB A/P promotes WCO A/P Regional Structures’ Research Function at the 15th WCO Annual PICARD Conference 
26 November 2020, Online Conference hosted by the WCO

WCO 15th Annual PICARD Conference was held by online and Dr. Tong Hua, Programe Manager of the ROCB A/P was joined the session of “Capacity Building and the PICARD Programme” on 26 November 2020 as a selected speaker globally by the WCO PICARD Conference Scientific Board, and which was moderated by WCO Capacity Building Directorate.


The WCO Sub-regional Virtual Workshop on Post Clearance Audit for the Pacific Islands 
23-26 November 2020, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO Sub-regional Virtual Workshop on Post Clearance Audit for the Pacific Islands was held from 23 to 26 November 2020.


WCO A/P Joint Session of Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference and Regional Contact Points Meeting 
12 November 2020, Online Meeting Hosted by Vice Chair

The WCO A/P Joint Session of 21st Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference (RHCA) and 30th Regional Contact Points (RCP) Meeting were held online on 12 November 2020 organized by the Customs and Excise of the Republic of Indonesia as Vice Chair.


WCO Sub-regional Virtual Workshop on Post Clearance Audit for ASEAN 
2-6 November 2020, Bangkok Thailand

In collaboration with the WCO, the ROCB A/P organized the WCO Sub-regional Virtual Workshop on Post Clearance Audit (PCA) for ASEAN on 2-6 November 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund Japan (CCF/Japan).


18th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center 
15th October 2020, Online Meeting Hosted by ROCB A/P

The 18th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center was organized and hosted online by ROCB A/P on 15th October 2020.


ROCB A/P attends the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the Asian-Pacific Postal College (APPC) 
10 September, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of Mr. Lin Hongliang, Secretary General of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, joined the “the Celebration of 50th Anniversary of the Asian-Pacific Postal College (APPC)” at APPU headquarters located in Thailand Post on 10 September 2020.


ROCB A/P participates the ASEAN DGs – WCO Consultation 
19 August 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the of Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Director-General (DG) of Customs Meeting for 2020, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, participated the “ASEAN Customs DGs – WCO Consultation” held virtually on 19 August 2020.


ROCB A/P joined the Webinar on Capacity Building at the Turning Point: Challenge the Tradition or Embrace Transformation organized by the Indonesian Customs 
12 August 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Indonesian Customs Training Center, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Ms Chloe AU, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, joined the “Webinar on Capacity Building at the Turning Point: Challenge the Tradition or Embrace Transformation” on 12 August 2020 as resource persons.


WCO/JICA Joint Sub-regional MTP Introductory Webinar for the Pacific Islands 
5 August 2020, Webinar

The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-regional MTP Introductory Webinar for the Pacific Islands was held on 5 August 2020.


ROCB A/P joined Trade Facilitation Webinar by Indonesia Customs 
30 July 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Directorate General of Customs and Exercise (GDCE), Ministry of Finance of the Republic Indonesia, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P joined the Webinar on Trade facilitation and the Role of Customs and delivered his keynote speech.


ROCB A/P Congratulates Indonesia Customs as New Vice Chair 
15 July 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Directorate General of Customs and Exercise (GDCE), Ministry of Finance of the Republic Indonesia, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the Virtual Launching Event of Vice Chair office by online.


ROCB A/P joins the WCO Virtual Working Group (VWG) on the review of the Integrity Development Guide (IDG) 
6 April-28 June 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, as the representative of the ROCB A/P, joined the WCO Virtual Working Group (VWG) on the review of the Integrity Development Guide (IDG) for 12 weeks in total between 6 April and 28 June 2020.


The 11th Capacity Building Committee Meeting 
4-6 March 2020, Brussels, Belgium

Under the theme “Manage Change Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” the 11th Capacity Building Committee was convened on 4-6 March 2020 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and approximately 180 delegates from Member administrations including non-Member administrations and other international organizations (UN, WTO) attended. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues also attended.


15th Global Meeting of WCO Regional Structures 
2-3 March 2020, Brussels, Belgium

The 15th Global Meeting of the WCO Regional Structures was convened on 2-3 March 2020 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and delegates from Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCB), Regional Training Centers (RTC), Vice Chairs’ Offices, Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILO), Regional Customs Laboratories (RCL) and Regional Dog Training Centers (RDTC) attended. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues also attended


ROCB A/P attends the WCO Integrity Sub-Committee and Enforcement Committee 
20-21 February, and 24-28 February 2020, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Tong Hua, Programe Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the 19th Session of the WCO Integrity Sub-Committee (ISC) (20-21 Feb) and the 40th session of the WCO Enforcement Committee (24-28 Feb) held in Brussels, Belgium respectively.


WCO Sub-Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Customs Valuation 
20-24 January 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO Asia Pacific Sub-Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Customs Valuation was held on 20-24 January 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P joins the Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products 
15 January 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) held the Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products on 14-16 January 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy 
13-17 January 2020, Suva, Fiji

In collaboration with the WCO and the Fiji Revenue & Customs Service (FRCS), the ROCB A/P organized the WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy on 13-17 January 2020 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


WCO Regional Workshop on AEO 
16-20 December 2019, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO Regional Workshop on raising awareness on the development of regional cooperation and strategy in the context of Authorized Economic Operators(AEO) was held on 16-20 December 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Japan(Japan Customs Training Institute(CTI)), under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P attends WCO Global Security Conference 
11-12 December 2019, Brussels, Belgium

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO Global Security Conference held on 11-12 December 2019 at Brussels, Belgium.


ROCB A/P attends the WCO second Global Meeting of Integrity Experts 
16-19 December 2019, Xiamen, China

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, participated in the WCO second Global Meeting of Integrity Experts from 16 to 19 December 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) in Xiamen, China.


The Head of ROCB A/P pays a formal visit to RTC-China (Shanghai Customs College) 
2-3 December 2019, Shanghai, China

At the invitation of the RTC-China, Shanghai Customs College (SCC), Mr Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P, and Dr. Tong Hua, the Program Manager of ROCB A/P, paid a formal visit to SCC from 2 to 3 December 2019.


ROCB A/P attends the Debriefing of Operation of Thunderball & Demeter V 
26-28 November 2019, Shenzhen, China

The ROCB A/P Head Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto and Programe Manager Dr. Tong hua attended the debriefing on Operation of Thunderball & Demeter V and workshop in Shenzhen from 26 November to 28 November 2019.


WCO A/P Regional Contact Points Meeting in India 
18-20 November 2019, Puducherry, India

29th WCO A/P Regional Contact Points (RCPs) Meeting was held on 18 November 2019 for a 3-day session in Puducherry, India, organized by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) as Vice Chair.


31st Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of RILO A/P 
13-15 November 2019 Chiang Mai, Thailand

At the invitation of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P, and Ms Chloe Au, the Program Manager of ROCB A/P, attended the 31st Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points (NCP) of RILO A/P held on 13-15 November in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


ROCB A/P participates in UN SEA of Solutions Conference 2019 and witnesses Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards 2019 in Bangkok 
11-14 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P participated in UN SEA of Solutions Conference 2019 in Bangkok on the 11 to 14 of November 2019 as a representative of the WCO and its environmental team.


ROCB A/P promotes WCO Instruments and Tools on HRM and Training Management among Customs Attachés based in China 
7-8 November 2019, Jinan, China

At the invitation of the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P attended the Customs Attachés’ Club (CAC) Seminar on Human Resource Management (HRM) and Training Management, as a resource person and WCO Accredited Expert on HRM, in Jinan City of Shandong Province, China from 7th November to 8th November, 2019.


ROCB A/P attends the 14th edition of the annual WCO PICARD Conference 
22-24 October 2019, Skopje, North Macedonia

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, together with more than 240 delegates from international organizations, think tanks, academia and Customs administrations participated in the WCO 14th Annual PICARD Conference which took place in Skopje, North Macedonia, from 22 to 24 October 2019.


ROCB A/P introduces the WCO Instruments and Tools on Risk Management and Pre-Arrival Processing to Combodia Customs representatives in Thailand 
15-16 October 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the ARISE Plus Cambodia project, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Study Tour on Pre-Arrival Processing (PAP) and Risk Management (RM) of Cambodian Customs Officials to Thailand held on from 15 to 16 October 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Vanuatu Customs 
2-4 October 2019, Port Vila, Vanuatu,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 2 to 4 October 2019 for a policy dialogue with the Customs and Inland Revenue of Vanuatu.


WCO Global Canine Forum in Melbourne 
1-3 October 2019, Melbourne, Australia

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Fifth WCO Global Canine Forum held on 1-3 October 2019 at Melbourne, Australia.


Meeting with the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Intelligence Liaison Office 
27 September 2019, Seoul, Korea

To strengthen the connection and collaboration between the two WCO regional offices in implementing the WCO strategies and policies in the Asia/Pacific region, Mr Norikazu KURAMOTO, Head of ROCB A/P, lead his team to meet Mr. LEE Min-gun, Head of RILO A/P, and his officials on 27 September 2019 in Seoul, Korea.


17th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center 
25-26 September 2019, Cheonan, Korea

The 17th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center (RTC) was successful convened on 25-26 September 2019 at the Customs Border Control Training Institute (CBCTI) in Cheonan, Korea.


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Small Islands Economies for the Pacific 
10-14 September 2019, Suva, Fiji

WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Small Island Economies (SIEs) was held on 10-14 September 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, with sponsorship of the Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF), Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), Commonwealth, The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and Her Majesty Revenue and Customs (HMRC).


ROCB A/P supports Indonesia Customs in developing human resources 
12-14 September 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia

At the invitation of Indonesia Customs and Excise education and training center and Corporate University of Ministry of Finance (PKN STAN), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, as resource person and guest speaker.


The Head of ROCB A/P Paid a Courtesy Call on UN Partners 
21 August 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

For further enhancing relationship and partnership, on 21 August 2019, Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the Head of the ROCB A/P, with his colleagues paid a courtesy call on the UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) and the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Indonesia Customs 
25 and 26 July 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, on 25 and 26 July 2019 for a policy dialogue with the Indonesia Customs.


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Timor-Leste Customs 
22 and 23 July 2019, Dili, Timor-Leste,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Dili, Timor-Leste, on 22 and 23 July 2019 for a policy dialogue with Timor-Leste Customs.


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Tonga Customs 
18 and 19 July 2019, Nuku'alofa, Tonga,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Nuku'alofa, Tonga, on 18 and 19 July 2019 for a policy dialogue with the Ministry of Revenue and Customs of Tonga.


ROCB A/P contributes to develop the ASEAN Guidelines for Detecting and Preventing Wildlife Trafficking 
9-10 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The 2nd Regional Workshop on Developing ASEAN Guidelines for Detecting and Preventing Wildlife Trafficking was hosted by the Royal Forest Department of Thailand and jointly organized by the ASEAN Secretariat with USAID and US-ASEAN on 9-10 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand, with the financial support of USAID.


ROCB A/P shares good practices on training management with RTC Khmelnytskyi 
1-4 July 2019, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine

At the invitation of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFS), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, as a resource person, joined the Training Management workshop held from 1 to 4 July 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) & the WCO Regional Dog Training Center(RDTC) in Khmelnytskyi, Ukriane.


WCO Follow Up Mission on People Development Plan of the BCED 
18-20 June 2019, Nassau, Bahamas

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, from 18-20 June 2019, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, with other experts from the WCO worked together with their counterparts in the Bahamas Customs and Excise Department (BCED) to review the administration’s Human Resource Management (HRM) and training approaches at the BCED Headquarter in Nassau, Bahamas.


Joint UPU–WCO Postal Security Workshop on Countering Transportation of Dangerous Contraband in the Asia Pacific Region 
10-13 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The Joint UPU–WCO Postal Security Workshop on Countering Transportation of Dangerous Contraband in the Asia Pacific Region was held on 10-13 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand with the financial support of the United States.


28th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors General of Customs 
12 June 2019, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Mr. Ricardo Trevino, Deputy Secretary General (DSG) of the WCO, to attend the 28th Meeting of the ASEAN DGs of Customs, which was held on 12 June 2019 in Vientiane, Lao PDR


ROCB A/P introduces the work progress of the Comprehensive Review of the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) at FIATA Region A/P Field Meeting 
10 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), Dr. Tong Hua of the ROCB A/P participated in and contributed to the 13th FIATA Region Asia/Pacific (RAP) Field Meeting held on 10 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, to which about 60 representatives from FIATA members attended.


ROCB A/P spoke about the WCO Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards to business representatives in Thailand 
6 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand


At the invitation of the Royal Thai Embassy in Belgium, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Thailand – European Union Seminar on E-Commerce and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) held on 6 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P highlights the WCO Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-commerce at Asia Pacific Postal College 
5 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), Dr. Tong Hua of the ROCB A/P, as a guest speaker, contributed to the Workshop on Network Innovation for China Express Sector in ASEAN Countries, which was held from 29 May to 5 June 2019 at the Asian-Pacific Postal College in Bangkok, Thailand.


WCO Asia Pacific Security Conference 
28-30 May 2019, Kyoto, Japan

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO Asia Pacific Security Conference held on 28-30 May 2019 at the Kyoto International Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan.


WCO Regional Workshop on the Accreditation of Technical and Operational Advisors on IPR 
27-31 May 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Under the sponsorship of the CCF/Japan, the WCO Regional Workshop on the Accreditation of Technical and Operational Advisors (TOA) on IPR was held on 27 - 31 May 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Workshop as a facilitator along with two facilitators from the WCO Secretariat.


5th Meeting of the UNNExT Task Force on Cross-border Electronic Data Exchange 
14-16 May 2019, Xiamen, China

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in cooperation with the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended 5th Meeting of the UNNExT Task Force on Cross-border Electronic Data Exchange held on 14 - 16 May 2019 in Xiamen, China.


21st Oceania Customs Organisation Annual Conference 
13-15 May 2019, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

At the invitation of Mr. Jose C. Mafnas, Director of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Customs Service cum Chairman of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 21st OCO Annual Conference, which was held on 13-15 may 2019 in Saipan, CNMI, along with Mr. Ricardo Trevino, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO.


20th WCO A/P Regional Heads of Customs Administration Conference 
8-10 May 2019, Kochi, India

20th WCO A/P Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference was convened on 8-10 May 2019 in Kochi, India, in which more than 80 delegates from 19 Member administrations participated.


WCO/JICA IPR Benchmarking Study for East African Revenue Authorities to Thailand 
7, 8 and 10 May 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Under the WCO/JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) project, a total of 11 officers from five revenue authorities of the East African Community (EAC), namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, and two representatives from EAC Secretariat visited Thailand for a benchmarking study on IPR and Customs Control on 7, 8 and 10 May 2019.


10th Session of the WCO Capacity Building Committee 
8-10 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium

10th Session of the WCO Capacity Building was convened on 8-10 April 2019 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.


14th Global Meeting of the Heads of the ROCBs, RTCs and Vice Chairs’ Offices 
4-5 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium

14th Global Meeting of the Heads of the ROCBs, Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and Vice Chairs’ Offices was convened on 4-5 April 2019 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.


WCO Regional Workshop on Non–Intrusive Instrument equipment and Automated Threat Recognition 
1-5 April 2019, Shanghai, China

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), organized the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Non–Intrusive Instrument (NII) equipment and Automated Threat Recognition on 1-5 April 2019 at the new international training facility of the WCO Regional Training Center in Shanghai, China under the sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF/China).


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Risk and Compliance Management for the Pacific 
18-22 March 2019, Suva, Fiji

The WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Risk and Compliance Management for the Pacific was held on 18-22 March 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P continuously focuses on the Environmental topics of the WCO Enforcement Committee 
11-15 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, together with other more than 200 Customs Delegates participated in the 38th Session of the WCO Enforcement Committee(EC) which took place in Brussels from 11 to 15 March 2019 under the theme ”SMART Customs: Knowledge-based Customs Enforcement”.


ROCB attends the 6th Meeting between the GDCE of Cambodia and Developing Partners 
5 March 2019, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At the invitation from the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) of Cambodia, Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the 6th meeting between the GDCE and their development partners held on 5 March 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


WCO Regional Workshop on Training Management 
4-8 March 2019, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Training Management on 4-8 March 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Japan, i.e. Japan Customs Training Institute (CTI) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department 
27 February – 1 March 2019, Hong Kong, China

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Hong Kong, China, on 27 February – 1 March 2019 for an informal policy dialogue with Hong Kong Customs Service executives.


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce 
26 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD, Thailand), Dr. Tong hua, Program manager of the ROCB A/P, participated in the ITD Regional Workshop on Digital Trade and Future Commerce held on 25-28 February 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, as a guest speaker.


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Macao Customs 
26-27 February 2019, Macao, China

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Macao, China, on 26-27 February 2019 for an informal policy dialogue with Macao Customs Service executives.


WCO AP High-Level Regional Seminar on Data Analytics for Customs 
25-28 February 2019, Incheon, Korea

The WCO organized the WCO A/P High-Level Regional Seminar on Data Analytics for Customs on 25-28 February 2019 in Incheon, Korea, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Korea Customs Service under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to support the WCO Members’ application of data analytics to their current risk management practices and provide some food-for-thought for their effective use of open source data and tools for data visualization.


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing 
21-25 January 2019, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Japan Customs, organized the A/P Regional Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing on 21-25 January 2019 at the Japan Customs Training Institute in Kashiwa, Japan, under the financial support of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


WCO National Workshop on Risk Management for Thailand 
The WCO organized the National Workshop on Risk Management on 21-25 January 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


 Special Topics

Opening Ceremony of ROCB A/P renovated office 
29 September 2021, Bangkok Thailand

With the hospitality and assistance given by Thai Customs Department (TCD) as our host administration, we celebrate the opening renovated office of ROCB A/P on 29 September 2021.


ROCB A/P celebrate opening new RDTC Korea 
8 June 2021, Incheon, Korea

At the invitation of the Director-General of RDTC Korea, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the Virtual Launching Ceremony of Regional Dog Training Center (RDTC) Korea. Mr. Kuramoto conveyed his warmest congratulation to Ms. Anna Cho, Director-General of RDTC Korea.


ROCB A/P received Encouragement Message from the RTC Japan. 
4 June 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. IKEDA Kagemitsu, Managing Director of Customs Training Institute (CTI), the Ministry of Finance Japan as the RTC Japan, expresses encouragement message for the ROCB A/P and A/P Members to tackle together on the current tough situation caused by COVID-19.


ROCB A/P greets new Director of Thai Customs Academy 
12 February 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to newly appointed Director of Thai Customs Academy, Ms. Pawan Phavichitr, at her office to present a flower bouquet and compliments.


ROCB joined the Thai Customs Department to celebrate the 2020 International Customs Day 
27 January 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues joined the celebratory reception of International Customs Day 2020 officiated by the Director General of Thai Customs, Mr. Krisada Chinavicharana, at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P joined the celebration of AEO Certification Ceremony of Thai Custom Department 
30 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues joined the AEO Certificate Ceremony held on 30 July 2019 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


The New Head of ROCB A/P paid a courtesy visit to the Director General of Thai Customs Department 
8 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the new Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Krisada CHINAVICHARANA, the Director General of Thai Customs Department (TCD).


ROCB A/P celebrates the 145th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Customs Department with its host administration 
4 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues joined the Anniversary of the Foundation of the Customs Department held on 4 July 2019 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


Commitments of Myanmar Customs Department on Intellectual Property Rights 
Contribution by Ms. Hsu Wai Hnin
Deputy Head of Intellectual Property Section
Myanmar Customs Department


ROCB A/P joins the International Customs Day 2019 Celebration 
25 January 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), ROCB A/P staffs joined the International Customs Day Celebration event organized by the TCD on 25 January 2019.


The Excellency of Training Performance (Award as the best training institute for 9 Consecutive Years) 
Contribution by Mr. Seong-Man LIM
Director General of CBCTI, Korea Customs Service (KCS)


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visits to new Deputy Directors General of the Thai Customs Department 
8 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 8 November 2018, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid courtesy visits to Mr. Boonthiem Chokevivat and Mrs. Chalida Phungravee, newly appointed Deputy Directors General (DDG) of the Thai Customs Department (TCD)


The ROCB A/P greets new Thai Customs Director General 
12 October 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 12 October 2018, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to Mr. Krisada Chinavicharana, new Thai Customs Director General.


Building technology-driven organizations: the experience of China Customs 
By Mr. Wang Lingjun
Vice Minister of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC)


Thai Customs Talent Management 
Mr. Prawat Chuenchavalit
Expert on Human resource Development
Thai Customs Department


Central Customs Laboratory of Korea (K-CCL) was designated as WCO Regional Customs Laboratory (RCL) 
Contribution by Mr. Jong-Myeong KIM
Director General of Central Customs Laboratory, Korea Customs Service (KCS)


Essay on Combating Environmental Crime: challenges and possible solutions 
By Sopagna SENG
Deputy Chief of Bureau
General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia


ROCB A/P joins the Thai Customs 144th Anniversary Ceremony 
4 July 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues participated in the TCD’s 144th Anniversary Ceremony held on 4 July 2018 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, and renewed existing close friendship with them.


Special contributions by a regional Member on the application of innovative technologies in Customs 
By Mr. Hiroshi Kishimoto
Deputy Director-General, Japan Customs


Special Contribution from the Thai Customs Department 
E-Learning in Thai Customs by Mr. Prawat Chuenchavalit Expert on Human Resource Development Thai Customs Department


Shanghai Customs College has made another academic advancement 
On 10 May 2018, the Shanghai Customs College (SCC), a WCO Regional Training Center, has become an accredited institution offering the Master’s Degree of Taxation and Public Administration. On 10 April, its Bachelor Program of Customs Administration (BCA) has been recognized by the WCO Secretariat within the framework of the PICARD Program.


ROCB A/P greets new Thai Customs Principal Advisor on Customs Control Development 
30 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to Mr. Chaiyut Kumkun, Thai Customs Principal Advisor on Customs Control Development (PA), on 30 May 2018 to present a flower bouquet and compliments for recent confirmation by His Majesty of the Kingdom of Thailand of Mr. Kumkun’s retrospective appointment to the post in December 2017.


Customs Reform and Modernization in Vanuatu 
Special Contribution by Mr. Benjamin Malas
Director, Department of Customs & Inland Revenue of Vanuatu


Customs Training Institute of Japan Customs (RTC Japan) was awarded by the President of Japan’s National Personnel Agency! 
Contribution by Mr. Jun Tajima
Director of International Cooperation Division, Japan Customs Training Institute

On 7 February 2018, the International Cooperation Division and Trainers of Customs Training Institute of Japan Customs, as known as “CTI” which is the RTC Japan, received the President’s Award of Japan’s National Personnel Agency (NPA).


ROCB A/P and KCS sign MOU on a short-term attachment program 
1 February 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ROCB A/P and the Korea Customs Service (KCS) on cooperation regarding a short-term attachment program was signed on 1 February.


ROCB A/P celebrates the International Customs Day 2018 with its host administration 
26 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), ROCB A/P staffs joined the International Customs Day held on 26 January 2018 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand


ROCB A/P Xmas Party 
19 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 19 December 2017, the ROCB A/P invited Thai Customs Department colleagues and Customs Attachés to the Xmas Party at its Office with a view to expressing our gratitude for their support and cooperation to its activities and wish them happy holidays.


ROCB A/P attends the NACIN Launching Day ceremony 
1 October 2017, Faridabad, India

At the invitation from NACEN Director General, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the first NACIN Launching Day, which was held coincidently with the passing out ceremony for the 67th batch IRS officials, on 1 October 2017 at the NACIN, formerly named NACEN, one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers.


ROCB A/P greets new Director of Thai Customs Academy 
19 September 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to newly appointed Director of Thai Customs Academy, Ms. Santanee Phairattanakorn, at her office on 19 September 2017 to present a flower bouquet and compliments.


ROCB A/P greets new Thai Customs Deputy Director General 
12 September 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to newly appointed Thai Customs Deputy Director General (DDG), Mr. Sorasak Meenatoree, at his office on 12 September 2017 to present a flower bouquet and compliments.


ROCB A/P Speaks at International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations Special Event 2017 
28 and 29 August 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations (IFCBA), ROCB A/P team attended the IFCBA Special Event on 28 and 29 August 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P participated in the 2017 Customs-Business Conference 
22 August 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Ms. Saori Nojima, Ms. Eva Suen, Ms. Vareemon Chairungsrilert, Ms. Jate-arpa Benjaphong and Mr. Poonyawee Sroythong of the ROCB A/P attended the Customs-Business Conference held on 22 August 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.


My experience within the WCO Human Resource Development Programme 
By Ms. Tsendsuren Davaa (Ph.D), Professional Associate for the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, WCO


ROCB A/P pays compliments to newly assigned Thai Customs Executives 
19 May 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid courtesy visits to the offices of Mr. Vichak Apirugnunchai, who was recently confirmed as new Principal Advisor of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), also Mr. Seree Thaijongrak, newly appointed Deputy Director General of the TCD


ROCB A/P attends a farewell ceremony for Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principal Advisor of the Thai Customs Department 
5 May 2017, Thai Customs Department

Upon a kind invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), staff members of the ROCB A/P attended a farewell ceremony for Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principal Advisor of the TCD held at its Headquarters.


ROCB A/P visits Customs Houses in Chiang Rai Province of Thailand 
1-3 April 2017, Chiang Rai, Thailand

At the generous invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues along with Bangkok-based JICA Expert and Korea Customs Attaché, visited Customs Houses in Chiang Rai Province of Thailand, which is located in so-called “Golden Triangle” for a study visit program organized by Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principal Advisor of the TCD, and the Thai Customs Academy.


ROCB A/P pays a courtesy visit to new Deputy Director General of the Thai Customs Department 
On 28 March 2017

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Auychai Kultipmontre, newly appointed Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), at his office and extended their compliments for DDG Auychai’s appointment and undertaking important responsibilities, including ICT Department and Trade Incentive Program.


WCO calls for high-level political support for enhanced coordinated border management for trade facilitation and border security 
23 and 24 March 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On the occasion of visiting Bangkok for the Launching Ceremony of WCO Security Project for Southeast Asia region, which was held on 23 March 2017, WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, paid courtesy visits to Vice Minister of Thai Department of Commerce on 23 March 2017, and to Thai Finance Minister on 24 March 2017 respectively.


ROCB A/P joins Launching Ceremony of WCO Security Project 
23 March 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 23 March 2017, the official launching Ceremony of the WCO Security Project for Southeast Asia, which is financed by the Japanese Government, was held in Bangkok, Thailand.


Special Contribution from Cambodia Customs 
Contribution by Ms. Chansopheap Ouk, Deputy Chief of International Affairs, Cambodia Customs


Special Contribution from Bureau of Customs of the Philippines 
6 March 2017

Mr. Milo D. Maestrecampo, MBA, CSP, Director of Import Assessment Services, Bureau of Customs (BOC) of the Philippines, participated in the WCO Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories for the Revenue Package Programme and Trade Facilitation held on 9-11 November 2016 at WCO Regional Customs Laboratory (RCL) in Kashiwa, Japan.


ROCB A/P gives a lecture on the roles of Customs and the WCO to University students 
20 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 20th February 2017, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, gave a lecture on the roles of Customs and the WCO to 20 students from Economics Faculty of Nagasaki University (Japan), led by an Associate Professor thereof, at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.


Contribution from Maldives Customs Service 
Maldives Customs Service (MCS) has successfully launched ASYCUDA World (AW) software in all of its offices including the main seaports, airports and regional stations established across the country.


ROCB A/P joins the Thai Customs colleagues to celebrate the International Customs Day 2017 
26 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), ROCB A/P staffs joined the International Customs Day Ceremony held on 26 January 2017 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visit to new Principal Advisor of Thai Customs Department 
23 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 23 January 2017, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, new Principle Advisor of the Royal Thai Customs Department (TCD), second highest position within the TCD, to congratulate recent confirmation of his new posting.


 Guest Visits

The ROCB A/P and the Australian Border Force strengthen cooperation to support capacity building in the Asia Pacific region 
6 October 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

On 6 October 2021, Mr. Joel Carruthers, Acting Australian Border Force (ABF) Counsellor Mekong of the Australian Embassy in Thailand, accompanied by Mr. Banpot Denmetharat, Senior Project Officer - Mekong region of the Australian Embassy in Thailand, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P.


Japan Customs Friends in Bangkok visit to the ROCB A/P 
21 June 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P received the courtesy visit of Japan Customs friends in Bangkok, namely Mr. Tetsuro Higuchi, Customs Attaché, the Embassy of Japan in Bangkok accompanied by Mr. Rei Murakawa, his successor as well as Mr. Akihiko Fukuzono, JICA Expert stationed at Thai Customs Department on June 21 2021.


ROCB A/P appreciate New Zealand Customs 
Mr. Daniel Brunt, Customs Attaché, the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok as a cooperate partner of ROCB A/P paid courtesy visit to Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P accompanied by his successor Mr. David Radovanovich on June 15 2021.


ROCB A/P Enhance Collaboration with UNODC 
22 October 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

On 22 October 2020, Mr. Ulrich Meiser, Regional Coordinator, Container Control Programme, UNODC Regional Office and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his team warmly welcomed them.


Enhancement of collaboration with WWF-Hong Kong 
5 September 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

On 5 September 2019, Mr. Eric Wikramanayake, director of wildlife and wetlands of WWF-Hong Kong and his colleague paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P.


Visit of Japan Customs Deputy Director General to the ROCB A/P 
13-14 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The delegation of Japan Customs led by Mr. Hiroshi Takami, Deputy Director General of the Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB), accompanied by Mr. Takahiro Araki, Director for International Cooperation Division of the CTB, and his colleagues, visited the ROCB A/P.


The Tsinghua University Delegation visits the ROCB A/P 
15 January 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

A delegation from the Tsinghua University of China, led by Mr. Chao Zhang, Director of the Tsinghua Career Development Center, visited the ROCB A/P on 15 January 2019.


Bhutan Customs colleagues pay courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P 
20 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Bhutan Customs delegation headed by Mrs. Yeshey Seldon, Commission of Customs and Excise Division of the Department of Revenue and Customs, visited the ROCB A/P on 20 November 2018 on the occasion of their field visit trip to Thailand.


Thai Customs DG visits the ROCB A/P 
2 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Krisada Chinavicharana, Director General of the Thai Customs Department, made a short visit to the ROCB A/P with his staffs to observe the Office furnishing and working environment.


ROCB Europe visits the ROCB A/P to study and discuss regional capacity building good practices 
10-11 September 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Roger Hermann, Head of the ROCB Europe, and Mr. Dashgin Aliyev, WCO Regional Development Manager for Europe region, visited the ROCB A/P for a benchmark study on the regional coordination of capacity building program planning and delivery on 10 and 11 September 2018.


ROCB A/P greets departing and arriving Customs Attachés of Japan 
19 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Keiichi Tatsumi, departing Customs Attaché of Japan, and Mr. Tetsuro Higuchi, successor of Mr. Tatsumi, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P on 19 June 2018.


ROCB A/P renews close collaboration with the ADB in the SASEC program 
7 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Rosalind Y. McKenzie, Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), visited the ROCB A/P on 7 June 2018 to discuss continuous cooperation and collaboration between the ADB and the ROCB A/P under the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program.


Japan Customs DDG visits the ROCB A/P 
4 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Sumiya Shibasaki, Deputy Director General of the Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB) of the Ministry of Finance of Japan, visited the ROCB A/P on 4 June 2018, accompanied by Ms. Emako Hirabayashi, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Division of the CTB.


Renewal of collaboration with New Zealand Customs Service 
20 April 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 20 April 2018, Mr. Brian Lamb, Customs Counsellor of the New Zealand Embassy in Thailand, and Mr. Daniel Brunt, a successor of Mr. Lamb, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues warmly welcomed them


The North-West Institute of Management Delegation visits the ROCB A/P 
4 April 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Dean Sergei Chizhikov and Professor Boris Kabylinskii from the Faculty of Customs Administration and Security of the North-West Institute of Management in Saint Petersburg, Russia, visited the ROCB A/P on 4 April 2018.


OIE delegation visits the ROCB A/P 
30 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The delegation from the Asia and the Pacific representation Office of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Dr. Hirofumi Kugita and Dr. Jing Wang, visited the ROCB A/P on 30 January 2018 to discuss the ROCB A/P’s possible contribution to the upcoming OIE Seminar to be held in March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.


Korea Customs Service delegation visits the ROCB A/P 
13 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Korea Customs Service (KCS) delegation, headed by Mr. Kim Ik-Heon, Deputy Director of Bilateral Cooperation Division, visited the ROCB A/P on 13 December 2017 to discuss a framework for reinvigorating future cooperation between the KCS and the ROCB A/P, including a short-term attachment program in the future.


 Staff Updates

Welcome Message from Ms. Kanyawarat SITTHIKUNPANIT 
Dear Colleagues,

My name is Kanyawarat SITTHIKUNPANIT. My nickname is Ploy. I’m the new staff at ROCB A/P for the Program Coordinator position.


Farewell message from Ms. Pattarapak Nopnakeepong 
Dear my friends of Asia Pacific region,

July 16th was the last day I worked at ROCB A/P. Because I have to move to another department of Thai Customs.


Welcome Message from Ms. Zhengqing (Grace) Ye 
I am YE Zhengqing(Grace)from China Customs. It is my great pleasure and honor to join ROCB A/P


Welcome Message from Ms. Sherman Yu 
I am Sherman Yu from Hong Kong Customs. It is an honour and my pleasure to join the ROCB AP family.


Farewell message from Ms. Chloe Au 
Do you agree time flies when you are engaged in something you enjoy? I am 100% in support of this! I am glad to have accomplished my two-year term of work in the WCO ROCB A/P and now it’s the time for me to bid farewell to you all.


Farewell Message from Dr. Hua TONG 
Dear colleagues and friends,

Time really flies! Suddenly I became the “oldest” Program Manager in terms of the working time in the ROCB A/P which also shows my leaving day is closer.


Welcome Ms. Pattarapak Nopnakeepong 
Dear Colleagues,

My name is Pattarapak Nopnakeepong from Bangkok, Thailand as a Program Coordinator. My nick name is Tong, so I would be happy if you could call me Tong. First of all, I would like to thank you sincerely for giving me the opportunity to be part of WCO ROCB/AP.


Message from Ms. Pavida Boonmun 
Dear Colleagues,

I am Pavida Boonmun, ‘May’ as a nickname, Assistant Program Manager of the ROCB A/P. I am very pleased to join and work at the ROCB A/P again.


Message from Ms. Yuko Mamiya 
Dear Colleagues,

I am Yuko MAMIYA from Japan Customs. It is my great pleasure to join the WCO ROCB A/P and work with my colleagues who have welcomed me warmly and supported me since the first day.


Farewell message from Ms. Saori Nojima 
Dear colleagues and friends,

I have completed my 3-year tenure at the ROCB A/P on 30 June 2020. The day I started working at the ROCB A/P in 2017 seems like very recent and I cannot believe it is already 3 years, but this may be because days at the ROCB have been full of valuable experience and joy.


Message from Mr. Ilkwon HAN (Gideon) 
It is my honor to have greetings to fellow officers. After being a customs officer in 1988, I had a dream to be an international customs officer.


Farewell Message from Mr. Bhunnabhon SROYTHONG 
Dear colleagues and friends,


A car can be driven effectively when all parts and components are completed and well maintained. Moreover, the driver must be well trained and has skills and experiences enough to drive the car. Most importantly, the driver must pay attention to safely.


Farewell Message from Ms. Lin Lianqing 
Dear Colleagues,

Time flies so fast that my internship in the ROCB/AP ended on 30 August, 2019. It's my honor to work here for nearly two months as the first Chinese intern.


Farewell Message from Mr. Hong-Young JO 
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Even I don’t want to leave here, the time touches my mouth I should say to good-bye. I am completing my 2-year tenure on 3rd September 2019.


Welcome Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, New Head of ROCB A/P 
Dear readers,

It is a great pleasure and honor to extend my greetings from Bangkok. My name is Norikazu KURAMOTO as the new Head of the ROCB A/P for the next five years.


Farewell Message from Head of ROCB A/P, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi 
Dear colleagues and friends,

Time has come to say goodbye to you. I am completing my 5-year tenure as Head of the ROCB A/P at the end of June 2019.


Message from Chloe AU 
I’m Chloe AU from Hong Kong Customs. I’m so glad and happy to join the ROCB A/P, a renowned regional office of capacity building in the world.


Welcome Mr. Tong Hua, our new colleaque 
Sawadi krap, I am Tong hua from China Customs. I am so glad to join in the prestigious WCO ROCB A/P team.


Welcome Ms. Vareemon Chairungsrilert, our new colleaque 
12 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Vareemon Chairungsrilert


Welcome Ms. Jate-arpa Benjaphong, our new colleaque 
2 March 2016,Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you so much to let me introduce myself. My name is Jate-arpa Benjaphong , nicknamed “Mai.” I worked at private companies for many years since I graduated the Bachelor Degree from Assumption University.


 Other Issues

ROCB A/P joins Thai Customs Department to celebrate International Customs Day 
26 January 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kangsik Cho and Ms. Alpha Wong represented the ROCB A/P to join the 2016 International Customs Day Celebration Ceremony, which was held on 26 January 2016 at the TCD Headquarters.


ROCB A/P Joins the Wrap-Up Ceremony for the JICA Project for Enhancing the Transparency and Predictability of Tariff Classification and Customs Valuation 
19 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, CCF/Japan Operation Manager and Program Manager for South Asia, Ms. Narumon Siricharoenwat and Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson, Program Coordinators of the ROCB A/P attended the Wrap-Up Ceremony for the Project supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


ROCB A/P Witnesses Thai Customs’ New Modernization Practice 
23 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his ROCB A/P colleagues attended the Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding on Electronic Payment of Customs Duties and Taxes, which was held on 23 July 2015 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P Joins Thai Customs Department’s Celebration of the 141st Anniversary 
3 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 3 July 2015, upon a kind invitation of Dr. Somchai Sujjapongse, Director General of the Royal Thai Customs Department (TCD), all staff members of the ROCB A/P joined TCD’s 141st Anniversary Ceremony held at its Headquarters.


ROCB A/P witnesses the signing ceremony of the Container Control Program for Thailand 
19 January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 19 January 2015, at the invitation of the UNODC, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the signing ceremony of WCO-UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) for Thailand at the Thai Customs Department (TCD) as an observer.


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